Next year will be my first season of racing. I have got into much better shape from doing the spinning classes and consistently working out. I have a riding buddy that used to race, and he would always leave me behind by miles. Now, I can hang onto him most of the time. However, over a long ride, he can still leave me miles behind.
Anyways, my questions are, during a race
1) How do you know if you're working at the aerobic level, and when are you making the transion into anaerobic level?
I realize it will take forever to recover from going anaerobic, but what is the best techique to recover during a race?
2) How do I know I am going at a good pace?
I can probalby find the answers to these questions after a few races, but I would like some insights of the expert on here.